Hearing set for two convicted in West Memphis trio’s deaths

August 7, 2009 JONESBORO (AP) — A hearing is set to resume into whether two men convicted in the deaths of three West Memphis 8-year-olds received adequate legal counsel.The hearing will begin Monday in Jonesboro for Jessie Misskelley and Jason Baldwin. The two were convicted with Damien Echols of the May 1993 killings of Stevie Branch, Christopher Byers and Michael Moore.Misskelley was sentenced to life plus 40 years in prison while Baldwin was sentenced to life without parole.

$2,400 in cigarettes taken

August 7, 2009   Police are releasing few details regarding the burglary of a local grocery store in which some $2,400 worth of cigarettes were reported stolen.Investigators say Southside Grocery at 1681 Batesville Blvd. was the target of thieves who busted a glass door to gain access and steal several cartons of various brands of cigarettes.Robin Sanders, an employee, told police she discovered the front door broken out when she arrived for work around 4:30 Thursday morning.Investigators were able to review a video from the store but are not listing any suspects at this time.

AlertXpress sign-ups set

August 7, 2009 Residents in the Cushman and Charlotte fire districts will have the opportunity to sign up for the AlertXpress early warning system.The Cushman sign-up will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, and again on Aug. 15, at the fire station.Also, during the month of August, the Charlotte Fire Department will be open Monday through Friday for patrons in that fire district to sign up for AlertXpress. Sign up sheets can also be filled out at the Stockyard Café in Charlotte Tuesdays through Thursdays.

Farmer killed when tractor flips

August 7, 2009 JONESBORO (AP) — The body of a Jonesboro area farmer has been found in a tractor that overturned into a water filled ditch.Craighead County Sheriff Jack McCann says the body of 45-year-old William Todd May was found Wednesday afternoon.May’s wife had reported him missing about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.McCann says it appears May was mowing when the tractor overturned into the ditch.

Partial street closing announced

August 7, 2009 Damon Johnson, public works engineer for the city of Batesville, has announced that one lane at the intersection of Sidney and Case streets will be closed Monday, and the complete intersection will be closed Tuesday for water distribution construction.“We apologize for any inconvenience,” Johnson said. “Please help protect our workers.”

Sticker guarantees Cave City watermelon

August 7, 2009 CAVE CITY — When buying a Cave City watermelon, consumers should look for the genuine Cave City melon trademark sticker, watermelon festival chairman Charles Landers said this morning.

Big Brothers Big Sisters sing ‘Karaoke For a Cause’

August 7, 2009 Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) held its fifth annual Karaoke For a Cause on July 13 at Josie’s at the Lockhouse in Batesville. According to Callie Slade, partnership specialist, the event was a huge success.Citizens Bank was the presenting sponsor for this year’s event. “The Citizens Bank staff was really great to work with,” Slade said. “From the moment they became our presenting sponsor they were excited and ready to help.

Upgrades planned

August 7, 2009 Having one Independence County Library card will soon be like having 10 or more.With member Sandy Barnett absent, the Independence County Library board voted unanimously Thursday to partner with Arkansas’ Library Development District 2, to allow Independence County Library cardholders the option of checking out books at other libraries in an 18-county area.

Tip leads to arrest

August 7, 2009  An anonymous tip to the Independence County Sheriff’s investigations office Thursday morning has led to the arrest of a woman wanted for attempted first degree murder.Darlene D. Siau, 24, was taken into custody without incident during a traffic stop on Highway 69 near Mitchell Road in the Cushman area around 11:30 a.m., according to sheriff’s investigator, Lt. Brenda Bittle.

Siau arrested for shooting

August 6, 2009 A Batesville woman was arrested for attempted murder after she allegedly shot a man in the face Wednesday morning.Police say Darlene Denise Siau, 24, is being held in the reported shooting of 52-year-old Michael Wade Bailey at his home at 520 Ferrell St. in west Batesville around 10:20 a.m.Independence County Sheriff’s Investigator Lt. Brenda Bittle said this morning that Siau was being held on a first-degree attempted murder warrant and was being interviewed. Officers were reportedly looking for Siau in the Cushman area, where she was captured.